God can get savage on you and take bloody retribution on you, rather like the way He treated the Israelites in the Old Testament.

But not really. This is because Jesus had an option of doing just that with everyone, mankind as a whole, with his “twelve legions of angels” (Mt 26:53) during His incarnation.

He could have wiped us all out for attempting to murder Him.

But He refrained and loved us instead; so, while divine corrections still occur for the faithful in this life, they are acts not of vengeance but of rehabilitation.

Did I say that Ocasio-Cortez was a socialist? Perish the thought!

She’s a fanatical interventionist, eager to sic the state upon what remains of the private economy, but she’s not proposing nationalizing businesses and collectivizing farms.

These may be her goals, with interventionism as a means to socialism via a familiar mechanism, viz., that many interventions are cumulative.

Perhaps she hopes that the interventions will so cripple the economy that people will clamor for full socialization.

But she’s silent about this intent.

The funniest thing about Ocasio-Cortez’s “plan” for her “economic mobilization” is that she sells it as

a historic opportunity —

to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and

to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation.

Apparently, no sacrifices for the sake of stopping the climate change will be required at all!

It’s a win-win: for us and for the planet. Saving the planet from imminent destruction from climate change will mysteriously bring about unprecedented prosperity for humans, as well.

Far from needing to endure privation for the sake of the greater good, we will enjoy an elimination of poverty and still further a mighty economy for the benefit of all.

This suggests that Ocasio-Cortez truly believes that socialism is the path to prosperity and that socialism is her end goal; with her environmentalism being just a ploy to get the masses behind her miserable vision.

Marxian polylogism was an attempt by socialists to escape the criticism of economists. Economic theory, socialists argued, was a bourgeois inquiry. The proletarian minds worked differently, and thus had no use for economics.

Today’s environmentalist socialists have resorted to a different but no less fearsome artifice.

Of what use are economists to politicians who profess no interest in human beings? If you worry about the welfare of cockroaches and viruses — what the greens euphemistically call the “planet” — instead, concepts of benefits and costs do not apply to your platform, since they make sense only for humans.

Thus, Ocasio-Cortez proposes to “pay” for her economic “mobilization” with massive inflation. An economist might want to object. But Ocasio-Cortez is immune to protests, since she does not value human prosperity or a progressing economy — her concern is the “planet,” for whose sake all other goods are sacrificable.

“We must look at climate change as if it were a devastating military attack against the United States and the entire planet. And we must respond accordingly,” tweets Bernie Sanders.

So, it’s as if the entire humanity was being attacked by space aliens as in the movie Independence Day.

What follows is that we must all, as one, fight and, also as one, sacrifice in order to win this terrible conflict. Bernie’s preferred means of transitioning to socialism is then through a kind of world war.

“The vigor of a mass movement stems from the propensity of its followers for united action and self-sacrifice,” points out Eric Hoffer. Bernie aims to start and lead such a movement.

Hitler dressed eighty million Germans in costumes and made them perform in a grandiose, heroic and bloody opera.

In Russia, where even the building of a latrine involves some self-sacrifice, life has been an uninterrupted soul-stirring drama going on for thirty years, and its end is not yet.

The people of London acted heroically under a hail of bombs because Churchill cast them in the role of heroes. (True Believer, Part 3)

As Rothbard writes,

It is in war that the State really comes into its own: swelling in power, in number, in pride, in absolute dominion over the economy and the society.

Society becomes a herd, seeking to kill its alleged enemies, rooting out and suppressing all dissent from the official war effort, happily betraying truth for the supposed public interest.

Society becomes an armed camp, with the values and the morale — as Albert Jay Nock once phrased it — of an “army on the march.”

And now with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal, a “detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan,” the transformation of reds into greens is officially complete.

Truth is the first casualty of war.

Therefore, it makes little sense to believe anything anyone says about the seemingly endless Israeli-Palestinian strife.

There may be some truth being reported, but most of what’s being said on this subject is propaganda, i.e., lies. I personally can’t tell one from the other.

There is no justice without peace in this sense: only if there is general benevolence and good will within the social cooperation actuated by the market, can individual claims of wrongdoing be addressed.

In a war, the laws are silent, injustices multiply without end but are ignored and can almost never be rectified or even confirmed.

The fanatics are raging blindly.

It’s always a pleasure to watch the politically correct feud with one another.

Oh, and Tiffany? The police don’t kill black people. Black people kill black people.

Admittedly, the killers include black policemen.

Case in point.

Or are you saying that a black victim appreciates being murdered by another black much more than by a white cop?

Then there is the question of whether, when cops kill blacks, they do so justly, such as in self-defense. In such cases, cops should be positively praised.